Top 10 of 2015 | Favorite Books That Were Out of My Comfort Zone

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Happy Christmas Eve Eve! Today is December 23rd AKA day THREE of Top 10 of 2015! Today’s list of favorites is up to us to choose a topic. I decided that I would go for my favorite books that were out of my comfort zone! I’m not limiting myself to just 2015 released books for this. There were some AMAZING books that I wanted to be sure to include.

Favorite Books That Were Out of My Comfort Zone

Life Unaware by Cole Gibson | Anything Could Happen by Will Walton | All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest | Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn | What We Knew by Barbara Stewart | This Is Where It Ends by Merieke Nijkamp

xo

 

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Top 10 of 2015 | Best Books I’ve Read in 2015

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I found out about this week-long event in late November, and I knew I just had to participate. It seemed to me like the perfect way to wrap up my year in books, and highlight my favorites. It’s hosted by a group of book bloggers and you can find out all about on Rachel’s blog here.

Day 1’s topic is “The Best Books I’ve Read in 2015.” It just so happened that I read 10 books this year that I rated a full 5 out of 5 stars. So, here are the lucky books that won my love in 2015!

  1. Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott
  2. Volition by Lily Paradis
  3. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  4. Girl Underwater by Claire Kells
  5. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  6. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
  7. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
  8. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
  9. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  10. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

All of the titles link to my reviews, so you can read why I thought these books were the best of the best!

What are your favorite books you read in 2015?

xo

Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Publisher: Knopf
Release Date: January 6th, 2015
Series: N/A
Pages: 388
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

my rambles

Where do I even start with this book? I’ve been putting off writing this review for a while now because I just don’t know how to put all of these emotions I have for All the Bright Places into words.

I’m finding it extremely hard to explain the feelings it gave me except that it filled me up. Every possible emotion, even ones I never knew I could feel. Reading this book was a lot like riding the Blue Flash rollercoaster. There were highs and lows and lots of loops, but I wanted to ride this book again.

All the Bright Places manages to be witty yet tragic, and heartwarming yet utterly heartbreaking.

I loved both Violet and Finch, and their journeys wanderings together. Both were beautiful, complex people, and they definitely relatable and raw characters.

There isn’t much I can say to “review” this book. I can’t critique it because it’s just one of those books that you can’t. All I can say is that All the Bright Places touched me and will stay in my heart and mind forever. It won’t be a book for everyone, but I think whether it’s your kind of book or not, it will leave a mark on you for the better.

I had the amazing privilege to meet Jennifer Niven recently and she shared some amazing tidbits about the book with us. You can read them here.

xo

Early Excitement: January 2015

Next year I want to participate in less memes and focus on writing a more unique blog with better content. So I just decided to only participate in Top Ten Tuesday for the weeks there are topics I like, and this little creation here: Early Excitement is my alternative for Waiting on Wednesday which I normally posted each week. In doing so I’ve decreased the number of memes and made the blog a little more unique, but it’s still a work in progress! For organizational purposes, Early Excitement posts will be located under the Waiting on Wednesday AND Early Excitement categories. These posts will also always be posted on the Wednesday before the next month, but as this idea just came to me I’m posting it now!

Early Excitement            

 Frostfire by Amanda Hocking – January 6th, 2015
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – January 6th, 2015
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – January 13th, 2015
The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall – January 13th, 2015
Twisted Fate by Norah Olson – January 20th, 2015

What January 2015 releases are you looking forward to?

xo